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Sunday, 7.31.05:  An Ugly Project

Tired of Paul Wall. Tired of sheet music. Pausing for a breath in home improvements. Time to do something a little different.

One of the collections pulled from Pandora's closet was an album put together by who-knows about one of the local hospitals. Photographs of construction projects and "modern" nursing care, as well as a few newspaper articles -- all from the 1940s. Everything is glued down on that common black album paper, which is seriously deteriorating.

The problem is that the glue has turned to concrete.

Ages ago we decided that it would be very kind to transfer the photos, etc. to a different surface, then give it all to the hospital archives. A charitable project. I bought some 2-ply acid-free mat board about the same size as the album pages and a box to go with them. I was trying to think what would be most useful to the hospital historians, so I didn't want to simply put them in another bound album.

The whole project has been sitting in our "Find Me A Home" pile in the bedroom and yesterday it called my name.

The problem is that the glue has turned to concrete. The photos don't pop off the page. They have to be ripped off with chunks of disintegrating black paper. And if there are items on both side of the page, the removal process becomes a chore. My worktable and floor were covered with horrid black dust.

I'd be happy if the photos looked beautiful on their new cards, but they don't.

I'd be happy if the photos looked beautiful on their new cards, but they don't. They are sort of rippled, even with a good mounting adhesive. And against the crisp white board, they look even more forlorn than they did against the soft black. I'm beginning to think the album was rescued from a water-damaged cellar.

Ugh.

Before I went to bed last night, I put the project out of my sight and vacuumed up the black crap. I might just take a mat knife and cut the photos away from the big new cards to form a stack of newly backed photos without the pretense of presentation. That way the historians and fundraisers can display them however they want.

This is making me feel very un-crafty.

 

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